Novak Djokovic has announced that he has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Serb was the architect behind the heavily-criticized, at times reckless Adria Tour, which eschewed COVID safe practices, has now produced four positive tests after just playing two of the four weeks.
Two coaches along with Troicki’s wife also were confirmed as positive. Dominic Theim, who is now playing the UTS in France, has reportedly tested negative three times.
In a statement, Djokovic said:
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative.
Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.
It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.
We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.
I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.
I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.
I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”
Djokovic was not tested in Zadar Sunday. So his teamed traveled back to Belgrade (putting others at risk?) where they were tested Monday. The World No. 1 is also on record saying he would not get vaccinated.
The remaining two weeks of the Adria Tour, scheduled for Banja Luka and Sarajevo, have been called off.
Already, players taking out their frustration of Djokovic who also serves as the president of the ATP Player Council.
Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid – 19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake. https://t.co/lVligELgID
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 23, 2020
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